We have heard from the Left that Trump is not acting to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, but last night in sweeping presidential edict he blocked all travel from Europe as of midnight tonight, then put emergency actions in place to aid the states in combating this with the federal government’s help.
“To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump said, announcing that the ban would take effect Friday at midnight.
To quickly move to slow down the spread of this virus until we can ramp up to fight it, Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Wednesday night, detailing the threat posed by the virus and announcing the actions he was putting in place to aid in slowing the spread down.
Trump said his moves were to do what Europe did not do, act quickly enough to contain this. With nations like Italy shutting down, Trump wanted to move now so as not to have to act in this way.
“The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots,” he said. “As a result, a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe.”
He said there would be exemptions to the ban for Americans traveling from Europe who had been screened, as well as individuals from the United Kingdom.
Trump said the ban was “strong but necessary,” but action was needed to prevent the virus from spreading further into America. His actions would start on Friday, “This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,” he said.
The president defended the expansion of the travel ban, noting that his decision to ban travel from China successfully slowed the spread of the disease in the United States. “I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens, and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus,” he said.
He went on to say while he and the government were doing what they could, each one of us had to do our part to aid in containing this.
“Each of us has a role to play,” Trump said, urging Americans to practice “good hygiene.”
“Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and most of all if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home,” he said.
He went on to warn elderly Americans to take additional measures since they were the hardest hit.
“The elderly population must be very, very careful,” he said, advising nursing homes to suspend unnecessary visits and to avoid travel in crowded areas.
The president said he would also declare emergency action to help people affected by the economic and health consequences of the virus.
“This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome,” he said.
To help battle the emerging financial crises from this outbreak, Trump ordered the Small Business Administration to provide economic loans to areas disrupted by the virus, also said he was asking Congress to pass payroll tax relief, this is something that both parties seem to be resisting from the capital.
He also promised to enact emergency measures to assist American workers affected by the crisis.
“This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus,” he said.
He praised the strength of the American economy and the skill of American medical professionals to fight the virus.
“The virus will not have a chance against us,” he said. “No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States.”
The president asked Americans to listen to local guidelines issued by officials regarding school closures, reducing social interactions, and reducing large gatherings of people.
“Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow,” Trump said. “Every community faces different risks, and it is critical for you to follow the guidelines of your local officials who are working closely with our federal health experts, and they are the best.”